DJ Sliink Brings Jersey Club to the Mainstream

If you don’t live somewhere between Newark and Baltimore, you’re probably not all that familiar with the heavily local style of Club music that dominates teenage parties in the region. Baltimore Club originated in the 90’s and takes cues from ghetto tech, booty house and Washington D.C. style go-go music. More recently, the Club phenomena has extended up the coast and a specific brand of New Jersey club has emerged, centered around dance halls in Newark. Jersey Club tracks are usually situated around 134 BPM, although they can be slightly faster or slower, and tend to include complex chopped vocals, often from pop/hip hop songs. In recent months, 21 year-old producer, DJ Sliink, has taken the scene by storm with a sound that takes Club and infuses trap beats, moombahton and vogue house into the mix. While the Jersey Club scene is quite internalized, Sliink has broken the mold and has brought the Club model to the rest of the country. Case in point, his remix of the Diplo produced Usher track “Climax.” Shuffling drum patterns, and deep sub bass give the original a dance floor feel, all while maintaining Usher’s sexy smooth vocals. You thought the original got stuck in your head? This is a whole different animal. Sliink collaborated with Sinjin Hawke on Lights EP standout “Gas Pump” a few months ago showing he has the versatility to make more than just Club cuts, but who would want him to stop when he’s making bangers like this?

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